It may not be the first mode of transport that comes to mind but taking the train from London to Rome means you can forget about waiting around in the airport terminal, stretch out in comfortable seating and admire the European countryside from your window along the way.
It takes around half a day to travel from London to Rome by train, during which you get to experience high-speed travel on Eurostar, TGV and Trenitalia or Italo trains. You can even break the journey up along the way with a stopover in Paris or Milan. Once you arrive into Roma Termini, it’s just a five-minute walk to the nearest attraction – Baths of Diocletian – the ancient Roman public baths. Feeling inspired? Keep reading for train times, tickets and journey information.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from London to Rome by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between London and Rome is 22 hours and 8 minutes, with around 3 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The quickest journey from London to Rome is made up to three high-speed trains – Eurostar trains which travel at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h), TGV trains which travel at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h) and Frecciarossa trains which travel at speeds of up to 217 mph (350 km/h). The fastest journey time between Paris and Rome by train is 20 hours and 47 minutes.
The average train ticket price from London to Rome usually costs around €267.80 two weeks before travel, but can start from as little as €130.90 when you book in advance. Prices also vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book.
No, there are no direct train services from London to Rome. Travelling from London to Rome by train will require a minimum of 3 change(s).
The first train from London to Rome leaves at 08:04 from London St. Pancras International. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Rome leaves at 17:16 from London St. Pancras International. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from London to Rome cover a distance of around 889 miles (1431 km) during the journey.
Trains travelling from London to Rome are operated by Eurostar – through the Channel Tunnel, SBB – the national train operator in Switzerland, Deutsche Bahn – the national train operator in Germany and Italo – a high-speed train operator in Italy.
No. The Eurostar does not travel directly to Rome or into Italy. You can take a Eurostar service from London into France, then change trains to continue the journey into Italy.
There isn't a direct night train service that travels from London to Rome, although you can board a Thello sleeper service as part of your journey.